Go behind the scenes of TV's Trauma

The public will get the chance to go behind the scenes of hit TV programme Trauma: Level One at Southampton’s teaching hospital on Saturday.

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Concerns over understaffing in maternity unit

The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading needs to improve - that's the verdict of an inspection carried out by the Care Quality Commission. One of the biggest concerns was the understaffing of the maternity unit which led inspectors to close two beds on the ward to improve safety.

However the CQC acknowledged the Royal Berkshire IS a busy hospital and stressed the Trust had taken immediate action. Richard Slee reports.

Common symptoms of bowel cancer

The most common symptoms of bowel cancer include:

  • a persistent change in bowel habits, especially needing to go to the toilet more often or having diarrhoea for several weeks
  • bleeding from the back passage or blood in the bowel motion
  • severe abdominal pain
  • a lump in the abdomen
  • unexplained tiredness or weight loss

See your GP if you have any of the above symptoms.

Campaign to test people for bowel cancer sooner

Video. It's one of our biggest cancer killers yet it's treatable, even curable, if caught early. That's why the charity Bowel Cancer UK is campaigning for GPs to be able to get patients tested sooner.

The current bowel screening programme offers tests, every two years, to men and women aged 60 to 74. The Department of Heath has pledged £60 million pounds over four years, to 2015, to further develop the screening programme.

Six centres have been been piloting the work, one of those at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust.

So is enough being done to detect the signs early? Elodie Harper met one woman who says that, although it may be too late for her, others shouldn't have to suffer the same fate.

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Failing Sittingbourne GP to retire

A long serving GP is to retire from practicing after his Sittingbourne surgery was found to not meet any of the eleven standards put in place by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Dr Bijan Saha will leave the Lakeside Medical Centre at the end of this month after the report found patients were put at “unacceptable risk”. The damning CQC report followed an unannounced inspection in March.

Bournemouth council support Food Safety week

Bournemouth and Poole council are urging people not to wash raw chicken as part of Food Safety Week.

Organised by the Food Standards Agency, the campaign looks to raise awareness of the risk of spreading Campylobacter through washing raw chicken.

Bournemouth and Poole council are reminding people not to wash raw chicken Credit: PA Wire

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK, with 280 people affected by it in Bournemouth and 199 in Poole.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, Bournemouth Council, said:

"We hope that by raising awareness of this issue we can help inform residents so that they keep safe and well, free from the risk of contamination. We hope that by raising awareness of this issue we can help inform residents so that they keep safe and well, free from the risk of contamination."

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Baby blood infections 'strongly linked' to nutrient liquid

Health chiefs have ordered an investigation into how a batch of liquid nutrients may have given babies blood poisoning.

Public Health England (PHE)said 15 cases of septicaemia, including the death of one baby, looked to be "strongly linked" to an intravenous product that is given to babies who are unable to feed normally.

The babies, many of whom were premature, were being treated in NHS neonatal intensive care units when it is thought they acquired the infection.

A statement from the health body said investigations with a manufacturer had already identified a possible incident that could have caused contamination.

The PHE's Incident Director, Mike Catchpole, said the body had "acted quickly" to alert hospitals to the potential problem and remove any remaining stocks of the product.

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